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An ounce of prevention, please

November 5, 2010
For the past month, pink ribbons have been everywhere — along with bracelets, shoes, t-shirts, even pink KFC buckets. Yet for all this colorful breast cancer awareness, somehow we're still not talking about one of the key things we can do to prevent the disease: stop eating, drinking and breathing...
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Give Pundits a Time Out!

November 4, 2010
Political pundits are spinning away in the wake of the elections, making guesses about what the election results say about the will of the voters. But it's too critical a time for our country to let the paid pundits have the last word. Moms (and dads!) know more than any political pundit about what...
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Photo Highlights: The PVC-Free Campus Tour

November 4, 2010
I'm on the road for our PVC-Free Campus Tour at colleges all across New York State. I've been setting up our giant 25-foot ducky and showing documentaries like Toxic Towns, USA and Blue Vinyl . So far I've visited Cornell and SUNY Geneseo, and will also be going to Canisius College, SUNY Buffalo,...
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Chat with Chef Ann Cooper about healthy school lunches

November 3, 2010
Ann Cooper isn't called "The Renegade Lunch Lady" for nothing. She calls it like it is, and she can because she's been there -- in the kitchens, in the schools, with the kids. Chef Ann, as she's called, was Nutrition Services Director for the Berkeley school district in California from 2005 to 2009...
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"Wait and See" Not Good Enough For Kids- It's Time to Ban BPA

November 1, 2010
Parents have enough on their plate without having to worry about exposing their children to dangerous chemicals in everyday items that should be safe. Yet cans of chicken soup or a sippy cup filled with milk could very well be contaminated. Bisphenol A (BPA), a man-made chemical, is used in...

Healthy Halloween: Your Tips!

October 31, 2010
Happy Halloween! This week, we asked you on our Facebook page what your best non-toxic tips are for this Halloween. Here are a few of our favorite tips and links for this Halloween! Heather McMeekan: "I'm giving out 'color', 'shape', and 'number' flash cards to the kids. The little ones seem to...
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A mom's pitch for going to the polls

October 28, 2010
As a working mom, I've learned the value of setting priorities, and the importance of thinking about how today's decisions affect the future. That's why I'll be voting on Tuesday , and I'm pestering my family, friends & neighbors to do the same. The outcome of this year's national elections...
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How green is your child care?

October 25, 2010
By Lisa Frack with Rebecca Sutton, PhD, Environmental Working Group Truth is, when my husband and I chose a childcare facility for our kids (way back in 2003), the question of environmental health didn't even cross our minds. Why not? Because what mattered more, at the time, was its affordability,...
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The lowdown on home improvement products at

October 25, 2010
The Ecology Center recently released research on chemicals in home improvement products on . We tested over 1,000 flooring samples and nearly 2,300 types of wallpaper for a variety of chemicals based on their toxicity or tendency to build up in people and the environment. These...

One More Thing to Worry About in Middle School - Energy Regulations?

October 22, 2010
My colleague Mary Anne Hitt, the director of the Sierra Club Beyond Coal Campaign , is a new mom and has some words for those trying to greenwash schoolkids and college students: As a new mom, I'm paying more attention these days to how big companies are trying to influence our kids. I just learned...